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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code MUS-AL (2022)
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language. You must be able to play an instrument or sing to grade 4 standard or higher. This does not mean you need to have taken any graded exams, but if no graded exam results are available, you will be required to audition.

  • What does the course involve?

    The course involves performing, composing, listening to and analysing music. You will improve your skills as a performer and composer studying both ‘classical’ and ‘popular’ styles of music. You will listen to and analyse a wide variety of music, developing a more informed appreciation of how, and why, it was written. Examples of the music you will study: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Abba, Stevie Wonder, Oasis, Metallica, Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Debussy and Stravinsky.

    As a composer, you will learn techniques to create effective music in different styles. Most importantly, you will learn the ‘mechanics of music’ which will help you to become a better musician. In class we will analyse set and sample works, teach you a composition technique to try at home, or practice theory and listening exercises. You must be able to understand standard music notation.

  • How is the course assessed?

    • Performing – 25% performance to a visiting examiner
    • Composing – 25% two ‘original’ compositions
    • Specialism – 10% composition or performance
    • Appraising – 40% based on a written exam at the end of the course.
  • Additional Notes

    Recent alumni have gone on to study at the UK’s most prestigious conservatoires (RNCM, RAM, Guildhall, LSM), universities (Durham, Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester), and popular music Institutes (BIMM, ICMP.) Previous students have also gained places in the National Youth Orchestra.

    Students taking Music A Level are eligible for a £100 music bursary for the first 5 terms of the A Level course. You will be part of our exciting programme of musical and drama activities ‘MaDA’ working with like-minded creative students. Visiting a Broadway show as part of the New York trip is an opportunity for you to consider and discuss the music industry both on stage and behind the scenes.

    Our long standing relationship with Shropshire Music Service means that they are able to offer a very competitive fee structure for lessons and we fully support their mission to provide, develop and support the highest quality of music education in Shropshire. To further this ambition, SMS offer their own bursary scheme which supplements individual lessons by 10 minutes for instrumentalists or vocalists who are already performing at Grade 5 or above or who are part of a Shropshire Music Service ensemble.

    Find out more about Shropshire Music Service.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Ollie Davies

Ollie Davies

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology
Previous Institution: Oldbury Wells School

I really enjoy music and wanted to go to a college where I could focus solely on that. I have learnt a lot at the College, the teaching is great and lessons are informative. I enjoy the live performances we do and the studios we use are professional and realistic. After College I am going to study a HND Music Performance course.

Anna Davies-Jones

Anna Davies-Jones

HNC in Music Technology

I chose to study at Shrewsbury Colleges Group because of the brilliant resources and teaching. It’s also great doing a HE course closer to home because I am familiar with my surroundings and have all my family and friends nearby. I am aware that there are less women in the music production industry, but I know I have the ability to succeed. I’m excited for females in the music industry because things are changing

Sophie Iddles

Sophie Iddles

A Level Music (History and Geography)
Previous Institution: Priory School

I am thankful for the excellent music teaching I have received, both at the College and from my instrumental teachers. I am going to study Music at Cambridge University and am excited to continue expanding my musical knowledge. I feel very privileged to be going to such a prestigious university!

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